Chicago Downtown: St. Peter’s in the Loop

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St. Peter’s in the Loop, Chicago.

Location: 110 W. Madison St, Chicago.

St. Peter’s Church is a Roman Catholic Church located in the Loop, Chicago.

It was founded in 1846 and moved from an 1865 structure to its current Art Deco home in the 1950s.

The facade is dominated by a large crucifix designed by Latvian sculptor Arvid Strauss and executed by Chicago artist J. Watts called “Christ of the Loop.”

Since there isn’t a typical residential area nearby, St. Peter’s is not a regular neighborhood parish. It was originally intended to serve thousands of Loop workers and travelers who sought a convenient church while away from home. But today it also welcomes a growing population of Loop residents. It’s not uncommon for 20,000 faithful to line up at St. Peter’s on Ash Wednesday to receive ashes on the way to work.

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St. Peter's in the Loop, Chicago.

Christ of the Loop – by Arvid Strauss / St. Peter’s in the Loop, Chicago.

 

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The facade is dominated by a large crucifix designed by Latvian sculptor Arvid Strauss and executed by Chicago artist J. Watts called “Christ of the Loop.”

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St. Peter's in the Loop, Chicago.

Christ of the Loop – by Arvid Strauss / St. Peter’s in the Loop, Chicago.

 

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St. Peter's in the Loop, Chicago.

St. Peter’s in the Loop, Chicago.

 

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Inside St. Peter’s is  La Pieta, St. Anthony shrine, St. Francis shrine, St. Theresa, St. Clare, St. Jude, and also has Peter’s Book & Gift Store.

The windows have statues instead of stained glass windows. There are buildings on either side of the church, so there is no possibility of sunlight through the windows.

The Stations of the Cross are beautifully painted.

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St. Peter's in the Loop, Chicago.

St. Peter’s in the Loop, Chicago.

 

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St. Peter's in the Loop, Chicago.

St. Peter’s in the Loop, Chicago.

 

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St. Peter's in the Loop, Chicago.

St. Peter’s in the Loop, Chicago.

 

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St. Peter's in the Loop, Chicago.

St. Peter’s in the Loop, Chicago.

 

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St. Peter's in the Loop, Chicago.

St. Peter’s in the Loop, Chicago.

 

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St. Peter's in the Loop, Chicago.

St. Peter’s in the Loop, Chicago.

 

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St. Peter's in the Loop, Chicago.

St. Peter’s in the Loop, Chicago.

 

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St. Peter's in the Loop, Chicago.

Mural and marble statue of St. Anthony / St. Peter’s in the Loop, Chicago.

 

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Mural and marble statue of St. Anthony. Mural shows St. Anthony presenting proteges to the Virgin Mary.

On the other side has mural and marble statue of St. Francis. The mural shows St. Francis receiving Portiuncula indulgence.

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St. Anthony shrine / St. Peter's in the Loop, Chicago.

St. Anthony shrine / St. Peter’s in the Loop, Chicago.

 

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St. Peter's in the Loop, Chicago.

La Pieta / St. Peter’s in the Loop, Chicago.

 

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St. Peter's in the Loop, Chicago.

La Pieta / St. Peter’s in the Loop, Chicago.

 

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St. Peter's in the Loop, Chicago.

St. Therese of Lisieux shrine [The Little Flower] / St. Peter’s in the Loop, Chicago.

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St. Peter's in the Loop, Chicago.

St. Jude shrine / St. Peter’s in the Loop, Chicago.

 

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St. Peter's in the Loop, Chicago.

St. Peter’s in the Loop, Chicago.

 

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St. Peter's in the Loop, Chicago.

St. Peter’s in the Loop, Chicago.

 

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St. Peter's in the Loop, Chicago.

Bishop’s Judgement / St. Peter’s in the Loop, Chicago.

 

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St. Peter's in the Loop, Chicago.

Third Order / St. Peter’s in the Loop, Chicago.

 

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St. Francis before the Eucharist / St. Peter's in the Loop, Chicago.

St. Francis before the Eucharist / St. Peter’s in the Loop, Chicago.

 

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St. Peter's in the Loop, Chicago.

St. Francis before the Sultan / St. Peter’s in the Loop, Chicago.

 

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St. Peter's in the Loop, Chicago.

St. Peter’s in the Loop, Chicago.

 

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St. Peter's in the Loop, Chicago.

St. Peter’s in the Loop, Chicago.

 

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St. Peter's in the Loop, Chicago.

St. Peter’s in the Loop, Chicago.

 

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